FAO Urges Rural Youth Not to Hurry to Move to Cities
According to experts of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, today there are many opportunities to revitalize agricultural production and raise the rural economy. This conclusion was reached by the authors of the new report “The State of Food and Agriculture”.
It is expected that in the period from 2015 to 2030, the number of young people aged 15 to 24 will grow by approximately 100 million people and amount to 1.3 billion. Almost all these young people will enter the labor market.
Therefore, transformations in the field of agriculture, the creation of dynamic food systems and the support of agro-industrial enterprises can radically change the situation for the better. In addition, it is important to develop other activities related to agriculture. What is in mind are processing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, trading companies, as well as suppliers of equipment, seeds and fertilizers.
An important stimulus for the economic development of rural areas is the growing demand for their products in cities.
The report outlines three areas of action. This is support for small producers, creating the necessary infrastructure for connecting rural areas and urban markets, and this link should extend not only to megacities, but also to smaller urban centers. FAO believes that the role of small towns as food markets is underestimated. Meanwhile, half of all urban residents in developing countries live in cities and towns with a population of less than 500,000 people.